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Indian industry felicitated for their innovative and futuristic energy management initiatives & approaches
CII National Energy Awards 2018 presented
Participating companies have achieved a total saving of about Rs 900 crores in the last three years

Providing a major impetus to Energy Conservation (Encon) movement in Indian industry is the award of CII National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2018 to over 150 companies who through their out-of-box models and approaches have developed innovative and futuristic energy management initiatives and in the process facilitated in enhancing their company's bottom-line.

Today Mr Ajay Mishra, IAS, Spl. Chief Secretary- Energy, Government of Telangana and Mr Pankaj Kumar, Secretary, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) awarded 14 units with 'National Energy Leader', 48 units as 'Excellent Energy Efficient units', 83 units as 'Energy efficient units' and 7 units for their innovative products/ services.

Earlier, as part of CII National Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2018, over 270 companies have submitted their filled-in questionnaire to CII and subsequently over 150 companies were short-listed and were invited to make their presentations at the Energy Award programme. Cumulatively, the short listed companies have implemented more than 4800 energy conservation projects and achieved a total saving of about Rs 900 crores in the last three years.

This year energy award participation came from all the four regions of the country and was a good mix of various sectors including- Automobile, Buildings, Cement, Chemical, Engineering, Fertilizer, FMCG, Metal, Pharma, Pulp & Paper, Petrochemical, Power Plant, Refinery, Railways, Sugar and Textiles.

Mr Ajay Mishra, IAS, Spl. Chief Secretary- Energy, Government of Telangana appreciated and congratulated all the participating companies for their energy management projects and case studies and encouraged them to continue the good work. Government of Telangana would offer all the possible support and guidance to various stakeholders of Indian industry, in taking forward their energy management and green initiatives, he added.

H.E. Mr. Sergio Dario Arispe Barrientos, Ambassador of Bolivia underlined that the next frontier in terms of manufacturing is to focus on energy storage. It's not about adding just energy production anymore. It's about how we store, what we have produced already, he added. We only harness 2% of the energy we produce today, this can no longer continue. We need to store our energy in a better way, he underlined. He also appreciated that India has been championing the energy efficiency approaches and solar line.

Talking about Bolivia, he said that the Country has the largest amount of Lithium reserve in the world. Bolivia can be a strategic partner to India for the storage needs, he underlined. Both Cobalt and Lithium are the oils of tomorrow when it comes to energy storage, he said.

Mr Pankaj Kumar, Secretary, Bureau of Energy Efficiency called on the need for making concerted efforts to conserve energy, which in turn will also save financial resources. Bacaht Lamp Yojna (Ujala), Star Labelling System for 21 appliances are some of the initiatives undertaken by BEE in promoting energy management in the Country, he said. In days to come, BEE will come up with many such initiatives he added. He announced that Energy Conservation Guidelines will be soon launched on the pattern of Japan and an exclusive Energy Audit Refresher Course will also be launched soon, he informed.

Mr A K Tewari, Principal Executive Director, Environment and Housekeeping Management, Indian Railways highlighted that Indian Railways is partnering with CII in greening its buildings, workshops and production units. Indian Railways has launched a Policy Initiative for Greening IR Establishments in all the 16 Zones, he added. Secunderabad, Jaipur, Howrah, New Delhi, Chennai, Varanasi and Katra are Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) rated green railway stations, he informed.

Mr Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss Industries Pvt. Ltd said that the need of the hour is to embrace the digital technologies and the whole Internet of Things (IoT) has to be explored for improved energy efficiency. We have to bring in better business models, he added. He called on the need to bring in young minds into energy sector, he added.

Mr Philip Mathew, Chief Manufacturing Officer, ACC Ltd said that Indian Cement industry is the oldest and most energy efficient sector in the world and the 2nd largest in terms of scale after China. He said that the key reason behind cement industry doing so well is its concerted efforts in the industry, he said.

31 August 2018

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